under covers

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Under Cover
Q: It seems like most bathing suit cover-ups are either of the sloppy T-shirt variety or hopelessly polyester. Is there anything out there that won't make me look like I wandered off the set of The Golden Girls?

A. Absolutely. Look for quality pieces that can pull double duty both on and off the beach: Après sun, a hooded tunic or boyfriend shirt can be dressed up with dark jeans; pair a palazzo pant with a sparkly top and heels.

Clockwise, from top left:

The Boyfriend Shirt
Shirt, $225; monikachiang.com. Bikini top, $180, and bottom, $160; maliamills.com

The Palazzo Pant
Pants, $265; theodoraandcallum.com. Swimsuit, Bleu/Rod Beattie, $115; swimnsport.com

The Tunic
Cover-up hoodie, $238; lemlem.com. Bikini top, $39, and bottom, $37; gap.com